Taking Liberties With… Louis Domingue
Position: Goaltender, Arizona Coyotes
Acquired: Coyotes’ fifth-round pick (138th overall) in 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Hometown: Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Last Amateur Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up?
Louis Domingue: That’s a good question. Growing up, that was the first game I played in goal. I switched in mid-season from forward to goalie. That was pretty cool, and my dad taped it, so I get to see it for a long time.
AZR: What’s your favorite memory in the game since leaving junior hockey?
LD: I would say my first NHL game in Montreal. Can’t pretty much beat that, and I had everybody there. My whole family was there and friends could watch it. It was fun.
AZR: Who have been the biggest influences on you, on and off the ice?
LD: My parents would be the biggest influence. Whatever I did in life, they supported me.
AZR: What’s the best piece of advice you have for young hockey players?
LD: Just to believe in your ability to go all the way, and not let anyone decide for you if you have potential to do it or not.
AZR: Other than hockey, do you have a favorite sport to play?
LD: Growing up, I loved baseball, and still do.
AZR: Do you see the Diamondbacks here at all?
LD: Try to. I went to a few spring training games. I’m trying to get to as many baseball games as I can.
AZR: Do you have any superstitions?
LD: I wouldn’t say that. I follow a routine every day, and I think that’s the best way to be consistent and to have a set plan.
AZR: What does your game-day routine look like?
LD: I go on the ice in the morning and then go for our pre-game meal. Same thing all the time. I have the rigatoni with the pink sauce on the side, and chicken parm that I mix in with the rigatoni, Then we nap, go to the game and play a little soccer before the game in the hallway or in the dressing room for fun.
AZR: Do you have a favorite meal or restaurant here in the Phoenix area?
LD: I like going to local bistros in Scottsdale.
AZR: What are some essential items you take on a road trip?
LD: I pack a suit, can’t forget a suit and your passport. You never know if you’ll get dealt or anything, especially around the trade deadline. I do need my laptop, and I bring that along.
AZR: Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up?
LD: It was Jeff Hackett. He was probably the only goalie I followed when I was young.
– Compiled by Mark Brown